HURRICANE MATTHEW: Hurricane Warning Dropped For Boca Raton, Now Tropical Storm Warning

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Time to exhale, Boca Raton residents and visitors. The Hurricane Warning is now a Tropical Storm Warning for Boca Raton.

From the National Hurricane Center:

BULLETIN

HURRICANE MATTHEW ADVISORY NUMBER 37

NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL142016

500 AM EDT FRI OCT 07 2016
…DANGEROUS HURRICANE MATTHEW MOVING PARALLEL TO AND JUST

OFFSHORE OF THE EAST COAST OF FLORIDA…

…WESTERN EYEWALL WITH HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS APPROACHING CAPE

CANAVERAL…

SUMMARY OF 500 AM EDT…0900 UTC…INFORMATION

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LOCATION…28.2N 80.0W

ABOUT 40 MI…65 KM ESE OF CAPE CANAVERAL FLORIDA

ABOUT 90 MI…150 KM SE OF DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…120 MPH…195 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNW OR 330 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…20 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…938 MB…27.70 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
The Hurricane Warning from Jupiter Inlet south to Boca Raton has

been replaced with a Tropical Storm Warning. The Tropical Storm

Warning has been discontinued south of Boca Raton, as well as for

Lake Okeechobee. The Tropical Storm Watch has been discontinued

south of Anna Maria Island.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…

* Northwestern Bahamas, including the Abacos, Andros Island, Berry

Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, and New Providence

* Jupiter Inlet to South Santee River
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…

* Anclote River to Suwannee River

* North of South Santee River to Surf City

* Boca Raton to Jupiter Inlet
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…

* Anna Maria Island to Anclote River
Interests elsewhere in the Florida Peninsula and in the Carolinas

should monitor the progress of Matthew. The Hurricane Warning for

the Northwestern Bahamas will likely be discontinued later this

morning.
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected

somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued

36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-

force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or

dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be

rushed to completion.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are

expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
For storm information specific to your area in the United

States, including possible inland watches and warnings, please

monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service

forecast office. For storm information specific to your area outside

the United States, please monitor products issued by your national

meteorological service.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK

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At 500 AM EDT (0900 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located

by NOAA Doppler weather radars and an Air Force Reserve Hurricane

Hunter aircraft near latitude 28.2 North, longitude 80.0 West.

Matthew is moving toward the north-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h),

and this general motion is expected to continue today. A turn

toward the north is expected tonight or Saturday. On the forecast

track, the center of Matthew will be moving near or over the east

coast of the Florida peninsula through tonight, and near or over the

coasts of Georgia and South Carolina on Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher

gusts. Matthew is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson

Hurricane Wind Scale. Although weakening is forecast during the

next 48 hours, Matthew is expected to be a category 3 hurricane as

it moves near the coast of Florida today.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the

center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185

miles (295 km). During the past hour, a sustained wind of 49 mph

(80 km/h) with a gust to 74 mph (118 km/h) was reported at Vero

Beach, Florida. A sustained wind of 47 mph (76 km/h) with a gust

to 69 mph (111 km/h) was reported at Melbourne, Florida. NOAA buoy

41009 off Cape Canaveral recently reported a sustained wind of 65

mph (104 km/h) with a gust to 78 mph (126 km/h).
The latest minimum central pressure reported by the reconnaissance

aircraft was 938 mb (27.70 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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WIND: Hurricane conditions should diminish over portions of the

northwestern Bahamas this morning.
Hurricane conditions are expected to first reach the hurricane

warning area in Florida during the next several hours and will

spread northward within the warning area through today. Tropical

storm conditions will continue to spread northward in the warning

area along the Florida east coast today.
Hurricane conditions are expected to spread northward in the warning

area in Georgia and South Carolina tonight and Saturday with

tropical storm conditions expected later today.
Winds increase rapidly in elevation in a tropical cyclone.

Residents in high-rise buildings should be aware that the winds at

the top of a 30-story building will be, on average, about one

Saffir-Simpson category higher than the winds near the surface.
Tropical storm conditions are expected in the tropical storm warning

area in the Carolinas tonight and Saturday.
STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge, the tide,

and large and destructive waves will cause normally dry areas near

the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the

shoreline. The water could reach the following heights above ground

if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide…
Sebastian Inlet, Florida, to Edisto Beach, South Carolina, including

portions of the St. Johns River…7 to 11 ft

Edisto Beach to South Santee River, South Carolina…4 to 6 ft

Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet, Florida…4 to 6 ft

South Santee River, South Carolina, to Cape Fear, North Carolina…2

to 4 ft
The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of

onshore winds. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative

timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over

short distances. Large waves generated by Matthew will cause water

rises to occur well in advance of and well away from the track of

the center. For information specific to your area, please see

products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast

office.
Water levels in the northwestern Bahamas should continue to subside

during the day.
There is a danger of life-threatening inundation during the next 36

hours along the Florida east coast, the Georgia coast, and the South

Carolina coast from Jupiter Inlet, Florida, to South Santee River,

South Carolina. There is the possibility of life-threatening

inundation during the next 48 hours from north of South Santee

River, South Carolina, to Cape Fear, North Carolina. For a depiction

of areas at risk, please see the Prototype National Weather Service

Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic. For information specific to your

area, please see products issued by your local National Weather

Service forecast office.
The Prototype Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic is a depiction of

areas that would qualify for inclusion under a storm surge watch or

warning currently under development by the National Weather Service

and planned for operational use in 2017. The Prototype Graphic is

available at hurricanes.gov.
RAINFALL: Matthew is expected to produce additional rain

accumulations of 1 to 2 inches over the northwestern Bahamas…with

isolated maximum storm-total amounts of 15 inches. Matthew is

expected to produce total rain accumulations of 8 to 12 inches over

the Atlantic coast of the United States from central Florida to

eastern North Carolina…with possible isolated maximum amounts of

15 inches. This rainfall may result in flooding and flash flooding.
TORNADOES: An isolated tornado or two is possible along the

east-central Florida coast today.
SURF: Swells generated by Matthew will continue to affect portions

of the north coast of Cuba and the Bahamas during the next few days,

and will spread northward along the east coast of Florida and the

southeast U.S. coast through the weekend. These swells will likely

cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please

consult products from your local weather office.

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